Position Report October 2004
- Position Report October 2004We arrived at Pillar Point on Tuesday, September 28 at 1430. We took a slipeven though the anchorage here is very good. We ate a hot meal of garlicchicken with past, took hot showers and had just settled down with a glassof wine when we heard a knocking on our hull. It was friends from the bayarea also headed down south. They shall remain nameless to protect theiridentity in the tale I am about to relate. They were at anchor and came tovisit in their dink. It was dark and foggy by the time they arrived andthey stopped by to say hi on their way out to dinner. They had heard us onthe vhs so knew we were in the harbor. It was so dark and foggy they had totake a fix on the boat to find their way back. We told them where theycould leave their dink where it would be safe. They departed our boat andattempted to tie up to the harbormaster�s boat (not where we had directedthem). The coasties were just returning to their boat next to theharbormaster�s boat. They, in full regalia, including sidearms, confrontedour friends. �Where are your lights?� Our friends without hesitationpointed in our direction and replied �Guenevere�. It is a good thing thatit was a dark night and the coasties could not see our 27-foot boat or theymay have questioned four adults and two dinghies traveling in our smallboat.On Wednesday, we saw our friends off, cleaned the boat, did laundry and boatprojects.Thursday, we found our way to the bus stop and went into Half Moon Bay tothe library.The library didn�t open until the afternoon, but they have WiFi, so we saton the steps each with a computer and received and send mail, etc. to ourhearts content. I know many would say we are still hooked into shore lifewith an electronic umbilical cord, and at one point, I felt that I wouldlike to have no computers on board at all. But we have been computer peoplefor a long time and we like fooling with them, so why not? We have foundthat our friends and family can share our days and are more comfortableabout our safety and well being when they can receive frequent updates. Andwe are more comfortable when we know everybody is well.It has been foggy everyday since we have been here. Friday, we decided tomake weather cloths for the cockpit. We cut them out on the dock and Ibegan sewing them up down below.Saturday, we picked up our car and took care of some errands. We came overthe hill and saw the sun for the first time in days. We had dinner withfriends. We are big fans of the TV show Survivor and they saved the firstthree episodes for us to view. It was a great time! Monty (KG6COX) is ouramateur radio contact. He has worked tirelessly to keep and improvecommunication between us. He is our emergency contact and working to devisean ingenious radio that could be used in an emergency if we had lost power.Sunday, we went grocery shopping, to the library to send email, and spenttime working on the weather cloths.Monday, we made a quick trip to Monty�s and then had a chance to visit withLorenzo and Cecile and their new addition, Kenzo. He is not yet 1 month oldand has already been introduced to their boat. Some people will do anythingto get crew. He is the most beautiful baby boy in the world! He won�tremember us because he slept all through our visit. He was so contend heactually purred while he was sleeping.At this point, I will quit putting the reader to sleep with this minutia.My only defense is that many people have asked us what we do all day. I cantell you that every day is full of activities and we have never been boredor lacked for things to do.We have decided to move on so we moved out to the anchorage for the night.We departed at 0700 in the fog. The weather was predicted to be 10-15knots, with 2-4 ft waves. Not what we got!! We clocked 35+ knot winds andwere sliding down the 12 to 15 foot waves at 7+ knots. For anyone who iskeeping exact track, the GPS said that the actual maximum speed (over theground) was 9.9 Knots!! We came into the Santa Cruz Harbor at 1640.Saturday we went hiking with friends and drove to Point Lobos and hikedmore. It is good to be able check out the coast where we will be sailing ina few days.We enjoyed the sun here in Santa Cruz. A friend came to the boat todaywhile I was working on my tan and Greg had walked to the coffee shop to sendemail. I asked him how he found our boat and he told me that he could seeus on the web cam.We have had a nice few days here and are planning to head for Monterey onTuesday October 12.We were not 10 minutes out of the Santa Cruz Harbor, when we saw fourwhales!! I was at the helm and Greg grabbed the camera. It is trickytrying to catch a good shot with a digital camera. One finally came up tothe side of the boat to check us out. I don�t have words for how it feelsto be so close to the creatures in their home. We didn�t expect to havethis experience so close to home waters.While using the electric autopilot, it heaved a sigh, pulled itself closed,and gave up. This is our first equipment failure. We got this autopilotwith the boat when we purchased her some 17 years ago. We could never findparts for it or anyone who knew how to work on it anymore, so we were notsurprised that it quit and had never trusted it anyway. Several hourslater, after it had taken its nap, it decided to go back to work. Greg wassitting near it when suddenly it pushed out the rod and prepared to go backto work. Greg jumped out of its way. It was pretty funny.At about 1400, we tied up and cleaned and stowed the boat and then went tothe farmers market, held each Tuesday here in Monterey. We stayed here fornine days. We have had a wonderful time. Lots of sun, good food, andbeautiful walks. We made a trip to the Aquarium, as neither of us has beenin many years.We met many cruisers here all with different destinations, some were localsheading for Mexico, some were from Canada, some heading North and someheading South. What a great bunch of people. I�m sure we will run in tosome of them again.On October 22, we departed at 0830 for Morro Bay. This will be an overnight trip. We expected it to take about 27 hours. We stayed off shore forthis leg and had good weather. We have to tell you the amount and diversityof sea life was phenomenal!! A number of times we were surrounded bydolphins and whales (big and small). We had again the experience of havingdolphins swimming round us. This time, they played with us. They swam veryfast under the boat and into the bow wake. For more than an hour, they andwe had this fun. We watched as dolphins came from the left and right of usto swim and jump in the wake. If I could have gotten part way up the mast Icould have taken a picture of 6 dolphins playing on our bow wake, 3 on eachside!! Staying a little further away from us we also saw whales.As night settled in on us, we had a nice moonlit evening. Towards morning,the moon went away. We heard whales sounding but could not see them. Thenwe had more dolphins appear to swim in our wake. It was very beautiful! Apod of at least 20 came along side. The sea had phosphorescent in it and youcould see them flying past the boat a few feet underwater. They looked likea comet!!! A large glowing dolphin followed by a 20 to 50 foot trail ofluminances. What a sight. It can only be described as magical!! We don�thave better words to describe it.Morro Bay is a very nice, quiet and sheltered area. We stayed on a mooringand saw several of the same boats that we saw in Monterey.I remembered Morro Rock from many years ago. There used to be a very richabalone bed here, but now they tell me that it is contaminated. The �Rock�is now a Peregrine Falcon reserve. The falcons are unable to hatch theirown eggs anymore, and Cornell University provides nestlings for the adultfalcons to raise. I watched with my binoculars every day but never was ableto see a falcon. I talked to a local artist that we met in one of therestaurants and she said in the last four years she had only seen one.We learned that nearby there is an abalone farm. Farmed abalone are the onlyabalone that are approved to eat according to the Seafood Watch list that wehad picked up at the Monterey Bay aquarium. It takes 4-5 years to produceabalone that is about 4 inches in size. Who knew?? So, we had some fordinner!We departed for Santa Barbara on Friday. This is the trip I have been themost apprehensive about. As some of you may know, Point Conception isconsidered as difficult a passage as rounding Cape Horn. Many boats havefoundered here and many boats spend weeks waiting for a weather window tosafely make this passage.We sailed past Conception with no trouble at all, and were looking forwardto arrival in Santa Barbara about 0900 Saturday. The wind died with about40 miles left to go. We decided to start the motor and continue on untilthe wind came up again. Well, we had motor, but no forward!! There wewere, no wind, no way to motor, half way between the shipping lane and theshore. The seas were so lumpy, one of the crew got seasick. We waitedthroughout the night for wind to come up. Around 0300, we had some wind forabout an hour, then, it died again. We waited all day for wind. We tookturns napping. Neither of us was very hungry. Saturday night fell and westill had not made much headway. Rather than being a hazard to navigation,floating at night just 10 miles from the harbor, and close to shipping lanesand offshore oil platforms, we finally made the decision to call for a tow.We arrived in Santa Barbara on Sunday morning. Monday we hauled out todiscover what had happened to the engine.As it turns out, the propeller shaft had sheared off the key and twosetscrews and come free from the transmission. This allowed the motor to runlike normal, but not move the prop. In the yard, two schools of thoughtprevailed. One was that the prop shaft had corroded and allowed all to freeup. The second was that the shop that installed the transmission flange hadcut it too large, and then shimmed it back down to fit, thus weakening it.We are now awaiting new parts to be sent in.We have a new saying aboard. It is �Recognize the Gift�. It comes from thewonder of life. It hits us every day. We see/hear/do things that are a truegift! Not some transient trinket that might make us happy for a few hours,but the truly remarkable things that is around us!So, for everyone who takes the time to read this, take a deep breath, andrecognize the gifts around YOU!--Greg & Jill DelezynskiS/V GuenevereOur Home page is at:
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